A few days ago, someone said to me, “For whom the Lord loves He chastens (Hebrew 12:6a).”
At the time of this conversation, the individual was questioning the behavior of those under their direct leadership. Even I, as a member of this group, was being questioned about my behavior during an incident. Although I did not perceive any wrong doing on my part, in hindsight, I recognized where it may have appeared that I was one-sided in my approach. Yet, the quoting of this scripture got me to thinking.
Sir/Madam, before the Lord chastens, does He not teach?
Jeremiah 31:33 even says, ““Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days” — the Lord’s declaration. “I will put my teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” I interpret this to mean that long before I do wrong, intentional or not, that through His inspired word(teachings), he has taught me how I am to behave with love and gentle guidance.
So why is it, that we as leaders, and I use that term lightly, don’t do the same?
Too often, we spend little to no time with those who are under our leadership. We spend minimal time in teaching the principles that should lead to acceptable behavior. Yet we want to dish out the maximum amount of punishment when things do not go as expected. Yes, I am responsible for my own actions, but just as it was so eloquently pointed out so are you. Therefore, if you love me, teach me your ways, so that when I am before the people I have been called to minister to, I will do so in a manner that honors our Lord and Savior.
With all my love,